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Published March 07, 2012, 10:03 AM

Foreign policy seen as giving Santorum ND edge

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Backers of Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul and Rick Santorum saw each other as their top rivals in North Dakota's caucuses.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Backers of Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul and Rick Santorum saw each other as their top rivals in North Dakota's caucuses.

Santorum won North Dakota on Tuesday, while Paul finished second. Santorum's North Dakota campaign chairman says national security issues gave Santorum the edge.

Gary Emineth says Republicans like Paul's fiscal conservatism. But Emineth says they're more skeptical about Paul's desire to scale back the nation's military commitments overseas.

Emineth says the global economy makes it harder for the United States to be less involved in world affairs.

North Dakota Republican U.S. House candidate Kevin Cramer calls national security the "limiting factor" of Paul's presidential bid. Cramer says North Dakota recognize the value of a strong national defense and see America as a "leader for freedom around the world."

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